It is a long list. Here are a few of our troubles – or indicators of our troubles:
Ships sitting off-shore of California and Washington State. Filled with hundreds of thousands of tons of products.
Thousands of semi tractor-trailer rigs waiting outside ports in those same states.
Tens of thousands of shipping containers (Milvans etc.) sitting empty in and around ports in those states.
Empty store shelves across the Fifty States. Along with empty space in chain warehouses and distribution centers and the back rooms of stores.
Delays of weeks and months in deliveries of goods via Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and USPS.
Hundreds of thousands of people with no work or very limited hours of work, due to lack of materials and supplies.
Inflationary pressures due to a combination of REAL market realities (supply and demand), government “money-printing” and government edicts.
Aborted plans to bring factories and processing centers back to the Fifty States from overseas – especially China, killed by government action (and inaction) midway through gestation.
All in all, it adds up to a mess: not just preventing prosperity, but further destabilizing an economy beaten on and abused in the name of fighting off the nominally-massively-lethal COVID-19 pandemic. An economy already in dire straits as far as the supply chain, money supply, AND common sense.
Why? Because we ignored one of the easier to understand admonitions of the Founding Fathers: MIND YOUR BUSINESS. And:
- Letting government interfere with more and more business and commerce, AND letting the bureaucrats and politicians think that they could “look down from high” and see what is going on and reach down (or use the radio on their helicopters) and tweak this thing here and that thing there and listen to the purring of the perfectly tuned, government- and centrally-controlled economy. (AND throttling the neck of the goose that laid golden eggs: capitalism and free markets.)
- Letting government be an ever-growing parasite on the body politic, society, and the economy: ever-increasing demands for $$$, to feed the ever-increasing mouths of bureaucrats, beltway bandit corporations, and welfare louts. (The largest employer in the world!)
- Accepting – even without endorsing it – the Marxian concept of the Labor Theory of Value – pushing ever-higher wages, benefits, and lack of accountability and control by management and workers.
- Thinking that an acceptable and functional corollary of the Subjective Theory of Value is “Make the people (buyers/consumers) HAVE to buy what we want them to buy.” Or even worse, brainwashing them constantly into believing that they need these products and services.
- Believing that “there will be pie in the sky by and by.” This used to be limited to the various bogus religions, but now that government is the biggest religion of all, the mantra is screamed out even louder.
- A government in DC that has more in common with the government in Beijing than ANY institution associated with a free people should have.
- De facto acceptance by millions and millions of the old Marxist axiom “from each according to his means, to each according to his needs.” Where “means” is equal to “do as little as possible” and “needs” means “anything I want for myself and my family.” (So why work when I get paid more on welfare?)